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How to Pamper Yourself and What to Expect

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How to Pamper Yourself and What to Expect

You have a half day, no chores, no work, just you, and time for yourself. What do you do? If you're like me you either smoke pipe tobacco, drink a beer, play video games, or all three at once. That may be down time, but that's not pampering yourself.

Pampering yourself requires doting on yourself. Last week, Rocky and I set out to do just that. We met up with Monica DeLuna of Salon Boutique Academy in Addison, Texas and we each got intense skin treatment called facials.

Just like you go to get your teeth deep cleaned by a dentist, going for a facial will get your skin to a place it should be that normal daily care can't quite take it.

Our facials involved a steam blast, to prep the skin both cleansing and forcing sweat to bring extra oils to the surface of the skin and prep the beard. After that we received a high-frequency combing of the facial hair. This is a light electric charge that creates a soft tingling feeling both killing bacteria and promoting growth.

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Immediately after the skin was prepped with a hot towel and a massage then removing any residue with sponges and dry towels. Then an anti-oxidant scrub was applied to the skin and left to sit under a hot towel. It's also fun because it's green and you can pretend to be Shrek.

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The towels were removed then more hot steam, massages, and relaxation. I know facials aren't usually considered a male event, but I promise as soon as you walk out you'll be scheduling your next appointment. Just check out these after photos below, I don't think my skin has ever looked or felt so soft! Don't forget, facials are just like most service industry jobs, you should tip at least 15%!

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A Century (and change) of Facial Hair

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A Century (and change) of Facial Hair

The last century (and some change) of World history has been a little tumultuous with rapid growth, from two world wars, to the technological revolution. The one thing that's remained constant? Facial hair, to some degree or another, regardless of style, is deeply ingrained into fashion, masculinity, and allure.

Early 1900's

While the early 1900's are most notably some of the cleanest shaven in recent history, there were still many notable figures embracing their facial hair.

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King George V

A classic full beard with a solid flare mustache, King George V showed the early 1900's didn't have to be all clean-shaven.

1910's

The clean-shaven past moves on to the full mustache.

 

Dr. John T. Gerin

Not particularly famous, but a perfect archetype for a glorious 'stache.

1920's

With the rise of moving images and movie stars, the fashions moved quickly to the pencil mustache.

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Warner Baxter

A pencil mustache was the fad, and man did it look good with that fedora.

1930's

Mustaches stay in trend for several decades.

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Albert Einstein

May be not the picture of fashion, but as one of my personal favorite historical figures he definitely gets notable mention. He rocked that mustache for many decades.

1940's

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William Faulkner

Master of stories, master of the mustache.

1950's

Sure the 1950's saw a brief renaissance of clean-shaven, but once again, notable and respectable figures maintained their whiskers.

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Ernest Hemingway

A farewell to the mustache, Hemingway ushers in a beautiful beard captured by my favorite portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh.

1960's

In the 1960's facial became a symbol for rebelliousness in the budding counter-war movements or a symbol for creativity.

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Che Guevara

Eernesto "Che" Guevara is a prime example of the 1960's umkempt and rough beard.

1970's

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Richard Chamberlain

The 1970's were a great time to sport the full beard.

1980's

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Harrison Ford

The Empire Strikes back just comes out, Harrison Ford is one of the biggest in Hollywood and he straps on a beard.

1990's

The 90's were a terrible time for fashion. We mostly ignore them, so instead enjoy The Big Lewbowski.

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The Dude

Jeff Bridges show's us to keep unemployed classy.

2000's

Aside from so many boy bands, the 2000's had some great facial hair. Unless you were a youth minister, then you were forced into the required soul patch.

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Keanu Reeves

Technically this photo is from 2014, but since Keanu Reeves doesn't age, I'm allowed to use any photo of him.

Modern

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Me

Your quintessential hipster beard, big, bushy, and oiled.

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10 Best Costumes for Men with Beards

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10 Best Costumes for Men with Beards

On year my wife suggested for Halloween that we could go as each other. She started explaining to me on how she could put on my clothes and paint a big beard on her face and that I could.... then she stopped when she realized the 15 inch beard on my face would ruin the illusion. So we started looking together, and there are SO MANY CLICHES. ZZ Top, Alan from the Hangover, and Abe Lincoln.

So we compiled a list of our favorites.

1) Gandalf

Okay, fine, we're giving into a cliche right off the bat but like we said in our recent Instagram post, it's one of the greatest and most classic beards in literature and cinema.

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2) Viking

We're not talking about some sort of fat-lady-singing operat viking, and of course, Ragnar Lothbrok is a given, but there are so many incredible possibilities as a viking, studded leather, burly beard beads, and swords, what's better?

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3) Thor

If a viking is a bit too mundane and mortal for you, how about the god of a viking? You don't even have to be Chris Hemsworth, you just need that manly scruff and big ol' hammer.

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4) Zeus

If one pantheon doesn't work, you can always try another. No need to swear by the beard of Zeus, if you are the king of the gods. Full disclosure, that's a drawing a friend did of me, not Zeus, but I guess we're splitting hairs at this point.

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5) Aquaman

Formerly the laughing stock of the Super Friends, this image has turned around with Jason Momoa bringing this character to a whole new level.

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6) Bob Ross

Probably the greatest super hero of all, Bob Ross. Teach others zen and the art of the happy little tree.

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7) Obi Wan Kenobi

Everyone is too busy going as Luke Skywalker form the Last Jedi. Show them you're an original fan by going as old Ben Kenobi.

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8) Lumberjack

Hate to include this cliche as well, but if you're single, this one's for you. Did you even know Lumbersexual is a thing?! Yes this is a photo of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but you don't get much more Lumbersexual than that.

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9) Geralt

We can't let mythology and cinema have all the fun and neglect the gaming world. Put that grey beard to use (or you know, use a temporary dye).

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10) Jon Snow

There is no way we can make a list of bearded costumes and leave out the world's favorite show.

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